Before long a team of experienced carpenters were hoisting massive beams, laying wide wooden floors, and attaching the split-bamboo ceiling. In just forty days they rebuilt the house on a hill overlooking Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan. Working together, they renovated the farmhouse, adding features such as floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a modern kitchen, bath, and toilet. From these humble beginnings, Roderick s minkahas become internationally known and has hosted such luminaries as President George H.
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Stints in the Middle East and London followed, before he was assigned to Tokyo in the s, to report on a rising American ally and keep an eye on communist China. But his book, Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan , published in , a year before he died, may be the pillar of his legacy.
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